Obit: Ludwig, Beatrice (1926 - 2013)

Contact: Linda Mertens

Surnames: Ludwig, Babler, Rothmeier, Niemuth, Tindula, Vlach, Habermeyer, Fritsche, Arndt, Hentges, Weiler, Wieneke

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Beatrice Ludwig (22 Jul 1926 - 21 Jan 2013)

Former Stetsonville resident Beatrice “Bea” E. Ludwig, 86, Medford, died on Monday, Jan. 21 surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice at Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center in Medford, where she had resided the past 1-1/2 years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, with Rev. James Babler officiating. Interment will be at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Stetsonville. Pallbearers are Brent, Ryan, Nathan, Steve and Dan Ludwig and Chad Rothmeier.

Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford on Friday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

The former Beatrice Niemuth was born on July 22, 1926 in the Town of Deer Creek to the late Herman and Helen (Tindula) Niemuth. She attended Victory Elementary School in the Town of Deer Creek. When she was a child, she helped on the family dairy farm with her siblings. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago, Ill., and worked as an assembler at Guardian Electric. She then moved back to Wisconsin to help out on the family dairy farm in the Town of Deer Creek.

On November 23, 1926 in San Francisco, Calif., she married Arthur H. Ludwig, who survives. After their marriage, they moved to West Chicago where she was a housewife, then they moved to the Town of Deer Creek where they operated a dairy farm. They then owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Little Black until 1996. During this time, she did baby sitting out of her home, cooked at Pleasant Heights School, worked at Stetsonville Manufacturing and at Figi’s during the holiday season. In 1996, they sold the farm and moved to Stetsonville.

She was very active in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where she served as president for the Zion Sewing Circle. She was also a member of the Zion Mission Circle and she often coordinated and cooked meals for weddings, funerals and other church dinners. Arthur and Bea served as greeters for many, many years at Zion. Bea enjoyed flowers, gardening, cooking, especially her famous poppy seed rolls, fishing, watching the Weather Channel and listening to the baseball games on the radio. She loved to talk on the phone, especially to her sisters and good friends and loved going to reunions to see her family and friends. Bea kept a journal for the past 50 years.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Bruce (Jan) of Rochester, Minn.,
Tim (Kris) of Eagle River and Jeff (Cindy) of Coon Rapids, Minn.; a brother, Marvin of Stetsonville; five sisters, Sally Vlach of Tampa, Fla., Mabel Habermeyer of Fairchild, Elaine Fritsche of Dorchester, Ruth Arndt of Medford and Vivian (Henry) Hentges of St. Charles, Minn.; two sister-in-law, Ellen Niemuth of Altoona and Janet Niemuth of Medford; a brother-in-law, Henry Weiler of Marshfield; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Doug, in 1996; a daughter-in-law, Darla Ludwig in 2004; two sisters, Pearl Wieneke and Rachel Weiler; and two brothers, Glenn and Vernon.

Memorials can be made in Bea’s name to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville.

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